Here are some of the list of wedding venues in Calgary we filmed weddings at:
Fairmont Palliser – 133 9 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2M3
Sheraton Hotel – 255 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, AB T2P 5C2
The Wedding Pavillion – 10817 West Valley Rd SW, Calgary, AB T3B 5T2
Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary, AB
A wedding is one of the sweetest moments in oneís life, and to compliment the great occasion, it is only natural to serve sweets. Cakes, like sweets, are an integral part of a Western wedding.
Once the wedding ceremony is over, the traditional wedding cake is served to the guests. For this, even the knife, the container, and the table are decorated beautifully.
The wedding cake should go well with the wedding. The taste and style of the couple is clearly reflected in the design, shape, and decoration of the wedding cake. There are some prerequisites to choosing the most suitable wedding cake. The proposed budget is the prime factor. After deciding the budget, a good baker, caterer, or expert chef should be selected. The correct selection of the wedding cake remains a stiff challenge due to the wide range of options available regarding flavors, colors and decorations for the cake.
Usually, the wedding cake is massive in size, and multi-layered or tiered. It should complement the wedding dress, the place of reception, the weather conditions, etc.
Tradition demands that the bride and the groom share the first piece of the cake, after which other guests partake of it. Sometimes, a portion is preserved so that the couple can share it either on their first wedding anniversary or on the birth of their first child.
The wedding cake can be made in various flavors and colors. Some opt for the traditional ones, while others prefer new designs and tastes too. A single flavor can be used. But it would be nice if it could cater to the different tastes of the guests. To achieve this, each layer can have a different flavor. The topping or the icing can also be done in many ways, the traditional being the white cream icing. Even the shape is undergoing changes, and miniature cakes are becoming a common sight.
Some of the preferred flavors are cheesecakes, mousse-filled cakes, chocolate, orange mud, and fruitcakes. Fillings can be picked from the list of chocolate, coconut, custard, almond, vanilla, etc. At the top of the cake, the figures of the bride and the groom can be seen. The cake can be decorated using many colors or design themes.
The basic idea or tradition of the wedding cake is to make the occasion memorable, to be cherished by the couple as well as their friends and loved ones.
The tradition of serving cakes is laudable, as it symbolizes the sweetness, prosperity, fertility, and love fostered through marriage.
Being disc jockeys, we get the opportunity to evaluate many reception facilities while having little or no bias to “sell” one location over another. Most Brides and Grooms know where they will be holding the ceremony before they decide where to have the reception, so we have compiled five observations that can help you when selecting your venue.
Distance – If people have to drive a long way to get from the ceremony to the reception, some will get distracted or decide to do something else. Try to keep the reception within a 15 to 30 minute drive of your ceremony. If it is not possible to get a reception hall close to your ceremony, make a caravan. Have the Bride and Groom lead the parade, and people will follow you to your reception.
Time – Time is just like the distance issue. If your reception is several hours after the ceremony, people will get busy doing other things and not show up for the reception. Try to start the reception within an hour or two of the ceremony. If you don’t want to start your wedding dance at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, have a Meet and Greet mixer before your reception. Serve some punch and get people to mingle. This will be one of the few times that both families will be together. Encourage family members to share stories about your childhoods.
Size – People like their personal space, and they have most likely spent an hour packed into a church for your ceremony. If you let them spread out, they will enjoy themselves more. Make sure your reception hall has plenty of room for your guests. The people renting the location might tell you it holds 200 people, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will hold 200 people comfortably! Make sure to visit the venue before booking.
Climate Control – Having a summer wedding? Is your reception hall air conditioned? If people sweat while just sitting, they won’t dance. On the flip side, if they are cold they won’t dance either (who wants to dance in a parka?). Also make sure you know who has control of the thermostat so the temperature can be adjusted if needed. Chances are your reception will be warm and stuffy while all the guest are there, but as they trickle out during the night the room will begin to cool down.
Smoking – This is a hot button issue, but if your reception hall is non-smoking, you can fully expect smoker’s to leave your reception for 15-30 minutes every hour. If enough of them leave the reception area, you may find a large percentage of your guest just hanging out in the smoking area. This can be a big problem if you have many smokers in your wedding party. You don’t have to allow smoking, but it is something you should consider, especially if anyone has any health problems like asthma or allergies that could be triggered by smoke. If you decide not to allow smoking in the reception area, how close is the nearest place for a smoker to go? Is it close enough that you will be able to get needed wedding party members during events like the bouquet toss or garter auction?
Facility coordinators will no doubt bring up several other factors for you to consider when you interview them for your booking, but these are often missed items, especially if they don’t favor the potential venue. If you keep the overall picture in mind and work with your wedding planner or event coordinator on the decorating ideas, you will no doubt have an enjoyable and memorable wedding reception.
Our wedding videography team had a handful of experience filming a wedding or event at Fairmont Palliser. It’s a pretty popular wedding venue in the city of Calgary for its elegance and royal ambience. This historical hotel was established for more than a hundred years now. Stepping into this city landmark, you will be stunned by the beauty and charm because of its majestic setting.
Sitting at the heart of Downtown Calgary, staying at the hotel the night or days before the wedding is a good idea. Most weddings have guests coming from abroad and Fairmont Palliser is an excellent spot to stay to experience what local Calgary has to offer. Fairmont Palliser is close to shops and Calgary train.
Right next to it is the Calgary Tower where on top is the 360 Sky View Restaurant which is a good place for excellent dining experience where people can see the 360 sky view of Calgary. Also in downtown, there is a +15 bridge which is an indoor and heated pedestrian bridge to access almost all buildings in downtown Calgary.
The Fairmont Palliser is well-known for its excellent services. Their Wedding Manager will guide the bride and groom throughout the wedding planning process. Fairmont Palliser is also a home for talented chefs and cooks that serves mouth-watering foods served at dinner table. With all the white table material, fine white china, signature flatware and stemware, votive candles and roundabout mirrors with complete sets of silverwares is a unique dining experience at Fairmont.
One wedding that we filmed was for Kevin & Brittany. Tying the knot in the heart of the beautiful and world’s cleanest city of Calgary, this wedding day of Kevin & Brittany couldn’t be more wonderful. Blessed with warmth of the sun and love from friends and family, what more can you ask for? Here is their wedding video that shows how beautiful Fairmont Palliser is.
The bride and the bridesmaids had their make-up at one of the hotel rooms where there was a nice view of the city. We were able to got some footage of that as well and right across the building, the Calgary Tower was reflected at the other building. A letter to the groom was prepared where we were able to take a footage while Brittany was writing it. We had a nice footage of the wedding dress hanging.
Kevin and his groomsmen had a chance to hang-out at the suite before getting ready. We had a chance to take some footage of the guys opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate the start of the day. Kevin also wrote a letter for Brittany.
After the ceremony and photoshoot, their reception was at the Crystal Ballroom where they have a grand entrance and heart-warming speeches. A toast to the bride and a toast to the groom and speeches from the parents of both sides is the highlight of the evening. The dance floor was jam packed and everyone enjoyed the night. Snacks and cocktail was served outside the hall. This is truly an amazing night for Kevin and Brittany.
Another wedding that we filmed was with Kira and Marco. Here’s their wedding video:
Kira’s wedding dress was stunning with a flowing veil where we were able to set it up outside the hotel room. The bridesmaids dresses were yellow as their theme was Lemon. Their wedding cake was decorated with lemons. They have bottles of Limoncello at every dinner table. It was quite amazing. Their wedding reception happened at the Alberta Room. It’s my favorite hall at the Fairmont Palliser because the hand painted murals that you will make you enter the hall in awe. Their first dance was so enchanting as it was Beyonce’s version of ‘Ave Maria’.
Their photoshoot was taken at the Prince Edward Island Park which is a 5-minute drive from Fairmont Palliser. This park may not be a good idea for a daytime photoshoot because of so many tourists, bikers and joggers sine it’s a favorite spot for those activities in Downtown Calgary. Here is where the Millenium bridge is.
All things considered, their wedding speeches is one of the greatest parts of their wedding night. Having a set course of events to stick made their wedding guests get the most ideal experience to make it a night they can’t forget! While their visitors are hanging out with each other after the function was a decent time for the couples session and formal family photographs. It was a perfect time for their visitors to unwind and appreciate some appetizers and beverages before they go into the main wedding. Their wedding organizer as well as DJ/MC will had the majority of their visitors gathered together and situated in the banquet room with t mark the beginning of the reception and called the guests to look for their seat and will give some other extraordinary overview amid this time. The beginning of the reception gave the guests the idea of to what extent this will take in light of what number of are in participation is a basic piece of their wedding gathering course of events.
Their DJ/MC called for the Grand Entrance and it was a fun time for their wedding party as well as close relatives to enter the banquet room with an interesting move or activity that prepares their visitors energized and for their fantastic passageway. Kira and Marco had the opportunity to celebrate being presented out of the blue as the love birds that they seem to be. Pick their most loved gathering tune and swagger their stuff!
Ensure the bridesmaids and groomsmen’s entrances are separated from the other wedding party doorways on their wedding gathering course of events so they can have their own sparkling minute in the spotlight! At the time of their amazing passageway, everyone’s eyes are on theirs and it was an ideal time to go straight into their first move as a wedded couple.
Regardless of whether their move is arranged or only an ease back and sweet minute to a wistful tune, this is their minute to sparkle together straight to the head table. The maid of honor/best man or the mother and father of the gives the toast.
Kira and Marco had a Catholic wedding Ceremony at St. Joseph Parish in 14th Street which is a 10-minute drive from Fairmont Palliser. Most couples getting married at that church book their hotel in Downtown. It was a unique bridal party exit when all the guests had their yellow wands waving upon the exit of the bride and groom at the church. I heard of rice grains or potpourri thrown at the couple upon exit but this is the first time that I saw a waving wand. This is one of the most memroable wedding that we filmed.